Dludlu excited about leading her first professional side in the elite league 


TUT Ladies FC have appointed Simphiwe Dludlu on a short term deal as their new coach to take over the reigns from departed and now UJ Ladies FC coach Anna Monate.

Dludlu, who is still South Africa’s National Under-17 Women’s team (Basetsana) coach and SAFA’s girls academy assistant coach to Sheryl Boyes at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria, will be in charge of her first match when TUT take on Hollywoodbets Super League reigning champions Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC in a Tshwane derby this Saturday at Groenkloof Stadium (Kick-off 15h00).

The newly appointed mentor stated that she was excited about her new role and also welcomes the challenge of locking horns with a side TUT Ladies is yet to record a win against, since the inception of the women’s professional league.

As it stands, Sundowns Ladies are top of the league standings with 34 points and three games in hand against TUT Ladies, who are sitting on 33 points.

“I am very excited about my new role here at TUT,” Dludlu said. “I’m coming in to coach a side which has been doing very well in the league and haven’t taken their foot off the pedal, managing three wins in their last three games. I’m expecting that same mental approach when we take on Sundowns. We have prepared well and now that game will provide us with the opportunity to put into action what we have been working on, in training.”
Dludlu also added that coaching a professional football side has always been a dream of hers, adding that her recent appointment only goes to prove that dreams do come true.
“I have always been the one who loved to defy the odds,” Dludlu said. “My long term dream is to one day coach a male professional side. I truly believe that it can be done.”
By Mohau Ramashidja